Review by DarthHomer

"Another Rare Gem..."

I'm sure many of you, gamers and non-gamers alike have heard of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but how many of you have heard of Battletoads? Not many of you? I thought so. Essentially, the game was a side-scrolling beat 'em up, but had two important merits on it.

The first was it was the first steps for a little known developer called Rareware (who later became responsible for some of the greatest games in history) and the second was that became known as one of the hardest games ever made for all of the many versions of the game. Anyway though, this review is for the little known arcade version, so lets actually talk about that one.

Firstly, this game could be considered the precursor to Rares Conkers Bad Fur Day, as you have the ability to decapitate foes, and as you fight, there is a good amount of pixelated blood to be shed, not just by you, but by your many foes. This never happened on any of the console versions of the game, so it could be considered a plus or a minus, depending on how socially minded you are.

The game also allows not two, but three people to help join in the massive rat slaughter that occurs in the game. It is really important to play with at least one friend, because some of the boss fights take ages to beat just by yourself (in particular, the third and fourth stage bosses are some of the longest I've played in any game of this type)

Positively speaking, the game is a lot of fun, which any game of this type should be. There is plenty of people to fight at the one time, and while the game doesn't allow you to fight as many people as say in the Dynasty Warriors games (in that game, you can fight upto 10 people or more, in this, the most is 4) And as I mentioned earlier, while some of the boss fights take a while to beat, they are a lot of fun, and really involve some skill.

But then, theres the problem with the game right there. You seriously need some skill in order to beat this game. And if you'll need to have beaten at least two or three of the Battletoads games in order to develop the skill to beat this game, at least it's not Ninja Gaiden type hard.

The game also sounds decent, with some good tunes and decent character voices, which has become a Rare trademark.

The game also looks good, and the limited use of blood is a good thing. The game isn't bright, at times it's actually quite dark, but the fun of these games is still there...

So should you play this game, if you love Rare and want to see some of their early work, go ahead, just be prepared to have some friends, and a hell of a lot of coins....

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 12/07/04

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